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Bookkeeper

Provide essential services to businesses, including processing and recording financial transactions.

What's it like to be a Bookkeeper?

Bookkeepers are responsible for maintaining accurate records of financial transactions and producing financial statements. This may include preparing and lodging Business Activity Statements (BAS) for taxation purposes.

Tasks and duties

  • Recording the financial transactions of a business in bookkeeping software, spreadsheets or databases.
  • Preparing and sending invoices and receipts to debtors.
  • Processing payroll and maintaining employee records.
  • Reporting irregularities in data to management.
  • Producing balance sheets, income statements and other financial documents.
Bookkeepers usually work in small to medium sized businesses across a variety of industries. The scope of a Bookkeeper’s role and day-to-day tasks may vary based on the size of the business.

What can I earn as a Bookkeeper?

The most common salary  for a Bookkeeper is between $55k and $65k
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How to become a Bookkeeper

Bookkeepers that provide BAS services for a fee must be registered with the Tax Practitioners Board. To apply for BAS Agent registration, you’ll need to complete at least a Certificate IV level qualification, such as the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215).
  1. Complete a Certificate IV level qualification, such as a Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215) or Certificate IV in Accounting (FNS40615) in a TAFE institution.
  2. Complete suitable GST and BAS units, which can be included as part of the Certificate IV course, as well as work experience supervised by a BAS Agent.
  3. Apply to the Tax Practitioners Board to register as a BAS Agent.

Explore bookkeeping qualifications

Find out where you can complete a bookkeeping qualification, including online study options.

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What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Written skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Self motivation
  • Reporting
  • Interpersonal skills

Shortlisted applicants:

  • Ms office proficiency
  • Payroll experience
  • Team work
  • Administration
  • Customer centricity
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How do Bookkeepers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 40 Bookkeepers surveyed on SEEK

Latest reviews

5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
Experience
1 - 4 years
The good things
Having the ability to choose whether to work remotely or on-site is great and enables me to juggle family and their needs as well as bring financially independent
The challenges
Bringing in new clientele and maintaining awareness of the newest technology and software available to keep you ahead.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Accounting
Experience
5 - 9 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
Interaction with clients who appreciate your work, most of them know how difficult bookkeeping is, which is why they hire you, so most are very appreciative which makes the job enjoyable.
The challenges
Lodging the BAS in time, if your hours are only small then it can be a challenge to get this done. The other challenge is making sure all the bookkeeping is to the Accountant's satisfaction. Consultin...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Accounting
Experience
10+ years
The good things
The good things about subcontractor Bookkeeping work are the opportunities to learn more than just data entry work. There are great ever changing software packages to learn and the reports that go wit...
The challenges
Some of the challenges include allocating enough time to learn new accounting software packages and keeping up with changing taxation compliance. Also depending on how many clients you work for can me...
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Business (Professional Accounting)
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
bookkeeper
The good things
It a very detail role, basic but important for each company.
The challenges
Need to deal with a large amount transaction.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
cert IV in Accounting
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
The diversity of meeting people through my work who enjoy the same work ethics as my self
The challenges
must be good at keeping accurate records
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV of Finance
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Cloud software
The good things
Ease of access and potential for growth
The challenges
Getting market share of clients
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma in Accounting
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
It varies day to day, you manage your time accordingly and it never gets boring. Contact with external parties. Very fulfilling. Trying to get in touch with ATO via phone should be easier..that part i...
The challenges
Getting support documentation from others.
4 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of International business
Experience
1 - 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Trust Accounting
The good things
bookkeeping/accounting is the key to making important decisions for business performance and work processes always continuously making it better and faster. attention to detail is a must
The challenges
making errors! human error is unavoidable but can be minimized! errors = -$
5 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
None
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
The good things
I enjoy the satisfaction of having started with chaos, and then after getting myself organised and entering all necessary data, the reconcilliation balances. Also then filing all the paperwork knowin...
The challenges
It can be very stressful at certain times eg end of month with things needing to be completed in a short time period.
3 out of 5Jun 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Accounting
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
The good things
Working with numbers interests me. But most importantly the challenge that I may face from time to time when I come across something new
The challenges
Very competitive industry especially when accounting firms are sending work offshore
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What are the job opportunities for Bookkeepers?

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Job opportunities

Bookkeeper jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growth

National increase over next 5 years
2.1%
2018
2023
Source: LMIP. Bookkeepers
Latest Bookkeeper jobs on SEEK
Buurabalayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation
Perth > CBD, Inner & Western Suburbs
Buuralayji Thalanyji Aboriginal Corporation (Thalanyji) is seeking an experienced Bookkeeper.
Coleman and Fairburn Builders
Sydney > Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Great opportunity for a part-time experienced Bookkeeper to provide accounting services and support our head office team in Rydalmere
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Private Advertiser
Perth > Northern Suburbs & Joondalup
Locally-owned, growing business located in Wangara is seeking a highly experienced Bookkeeper to start mid January.
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Lumineer Academy
Melbourne > Western Suburbs
Join an award winning, innovative, and fast paced education organisation in an important bookkeeping/business manager role.
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